Posted by: bluesyemre | December 6, 2012

The Golden Age for Writers…is right now

  • Writers have always been whiners. For nearly a hundred years, since at least the time of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the death of the novel has been presaged. And now, egged on by BuzzFeed and video games and just general hypercaffeinated, e-mail-all-the-time ADHD, the book is apparently, finally, about to die. At least we’ll have good stuff to read while we wait. This fall alone, the number of big books published by major writers is astounding: Michael Chabon, Zadie Smith, Junot Díaz, Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, and about a half dozen others. Not that the list has stopped anyone from complaining. Literary circles have been so full of pity for so long that they can’t accept the optimistic truth: We’re living in a golden age for writers and writing.

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  1. People will always read, so long as books don’t try to compete directly with movies, tv, and internet. What I mean by that is don’t write books that would function better as movies or television shows (which, I think is a problem because many people writing today are influenced by movies and TV. They write their stories like they’re watching a movie and translating it into words and sentences). The experience of reading a book should be something that is exclusive to reading a book, something that can’t be found any place else, or else is very difficult to translate into another medium. How to do that, and still make it interesting and fresh, however, is up for debate.


  2. Reblogged this on filmcamera999.


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